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14 Days / 13 Nights
Day 1: ARRIVE AUCKLAND
Transfer from the airport to your overnight accommodation.
Day 2: AUCKLAND - WAITOMO - ROTORUA
Travel south over the Bombay Hills, following the Waikato River to Hamilton, then on via Te Awamutu to Waitomo. The Waitomo Caves are considered to be one of the world’s great wonders. An unspoiled cave and karst landscape is covered by a vast expanse of farmland with a backdrop of bush clad hills and forest. Beneath this tranquil landscape is 50 km of cave passages, part of a limestone network sculpted by water into underground arches, valleys and outcrops.
Enjoy lunch before continuing on to the famous race- horse stud of Cambridge before travelling over the Mamaku ranges to Rotorua.
This evening you will be transferred from your accommodation, enjoy a Maori Hangi (feast) and concert. On conclusion, you will be returned to your hotel.
Day 3:ROTORUA - SIGHTSEEING
Nau mai, haere mai - welcome to Rotorua! Join us for a morning sightseeing excursion of New Zealand's thermal wonderland, rich in Maori culture and heritage and famous for its geothermal reserves, wildlife sanctuaries and fascinating landscape.
New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute - a guided tour shows you traditional crafts of flax weaving, wood and jade carving, and a Maori pa. Te Puia Thermal Reserve - boiling mud pools, hot springs and exploding geysers, including lively Pohutu geyser which erupts up to 100 feet! Rainbow Springs Nature Park - a guided tour of the freshwater springs. View the rainbow and brown trout from an underwater viewing gallery and see New Zealands national icon, the Kiwi. Agrodome Show - a "must see" entertaining stage show starring sheep shearing, live sheep auction, cow milking (you try it!); feeding cute cuddly baby lambs and an outdoor sheep dog trial.
The remainder of today is at your leisure
Day 4:ROTORUA - WELLINGTON
Travel from Rotorua to Wellington and take in the spectacular North Island volcanoes and the natural landscapes that they have created over many thousands of years. Crater lakes, spectacular falls, desert terrain, thermal reserves and breath-taking mountain peaks. Huka Falls - a dramatic cataract formed by the swift flowing river as it surges through a granite cleft then plunges over an 11-meter shelf. Huka falls dumps enough water to fill 2 Olympic pools every second. Lake Taupo - a monumental explosion 26,000 years ago, formed the crater of the largest fresh water lake in the Southern Hemisphere. On a clear day, the distant volcanic peaks provide a spectacular backdrop to the lake. Travel along the desert road through the Rangipo desert. Temperature extremes in the eastern side of the volcanoes have produced a desolate landscape of gravel fields and hardy alpine vegetation. In the middle of the desert you will stop to view the three volcanoes - Mount Tongariro (1,967m), Mount Ngauruhoe (2,291m) and Mount Ruapehu (2,797m). Travel through the beautiful Wairarapa countryside before finishing up in New Zealand's capital city, Wellington.
Day 5: WELLINGTON
Today is at leisure. Make time to visit "Te Papa" the museum of New Zealand, which uses the most advanced technology to combine the features of museums and entertainment centres.
Wellington, New Zealand's capital city is squeezed onto the narrow foreshore of reclaimed land between steep hills and its lovely harbour on the Cook Strait
Day 6: WELLINGTON - PICTON - CHRISTCHURCH
This morning you will be transferred from your hotel to Wellington Ferry Terminal. Depart Wellington for Picton on the inter-islander ferry. On arrival in Picton a short walk brings you to the Picton Railway station. Board the TranzCoastal train which journeys between the delightful port of Picton and Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city. This journey is a scenic feast of New Zealand, with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of your train and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. On arrival in Christchurch you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 7: AT CHRISTCHURCH
Today is at leisure to enjoy the “garden city”.
Day 8: CHRISTCHURCHIMT COOKIQUEENSTOWN
Depart Christchurch and travel across the Canterbury Plains, the largest area of flat land in New Zealand. Climb the foothills of the Southern Alps over the top of Burkes Pass before descending into the Mackenzie Country. Pause at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Twizel and follow the shoreline of Lake Pukaki before entering Mt Cook National Park where a stop is made for lunch (own expense). After lunch continue through Omarama and through the Kawarau Gorge to Queenstown, arriving late afternoon.
Day 9: MILFORD SOUND DAY EXCURSION
Drive through the magnificent beech forests of the Eglington and Hollyford Valleys, through the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound for a launch excursion on the fiord. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery including the awe- inspiring Mitre Peak with a full commentary on the natural history of the fiord. Lunch is included. Upon conclusion of the cruise, return to Queenstown.
Day 10: QUEENSTOWN
Today is free to enjoy the many leisure pursuits. From luminescent blooms to subtle pastels, treat yourself to a feast of nature in Queenstown during spring. Clear, glacial-fed rivers swell in spring, making rafting and jetboating escapades an exciting option. Queenstown is the birthplace of commercial jetboating and braided rivers provide fantastic water adventures.
Day 11: QUEENSTOWN - FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER
This morning departs the hotel for a full day journey from Queenstown to Franz Josef, during the trip, you will traverse Kawarau Gorge, Hawera River and Lake Wanaka. Travel through Haast and continue on to Franz Josef (lunch own expense).
Day 12: AT FRANZ JOSEF
Today is at leisure. Available activities include walks, tramps, scenic flights, guided excursions or the hot pools (own expense).
Day 13: FRANZ JOSEF - GREYMOUTH - CHRISTCHURCH
Today travel to Greymouth and board the scenic Tranz Alpine for a rail journey famous for its spectacular mountain scenery as it traverses the Southern Alps which divide the East and West coasts of the South Island. Travel across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch arriving at approximately 6:35pm.
On arrival at Christchurch Railway Station you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 14: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH
Transfer to the Airport for departure (included).
Airport → Hotel, Hotel → Airport
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